An order has been given by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 2 Command, Onikan, Lagos, AIG Abdulmajid Ali, that mental test be carried out on policemen in the command. He also directed that all personnel of the command be tested for drunkenness in order to “avoid any accidental discharge or extrajudicial killing.”
Conveying the message in a statement on Thursday, August 18, the Zone 2 Command spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi said the Command head gave the mandate while speaking during a newly introduced educative session for officers and men of the zonal command at Onikan, Lagos.
According to Adejobi, the session was aimed at imparting into the police staff, principles of modern policing and injecting learning and reading culture towards having people-oriented policemen.
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The statement read in part:
“The police boss reiterated his zero tolerance for corruption, excessive use of force, dirtiness, incivility to the public, drunkenness and unethical conducts that can damage the image of the Nigeria Police Force.
“He seized the opportunity to challenge policemen to read and imbibe the spirit of love to all and sundry they come in contact with.
“The AIG mandated the police medical unit to carry out drunkenness and mental test on men (particularly those on operations) of the command to avoid any accidental discharge of extrajudicial killings.”
The policemen were later lectured by health management teams from the Police Medical Department and selected health institutions, on the necessity of going for checkups regularly in order to avoid sudden death.
Meanwhile, two mobile policemen were shot dead in the early hours of August 16, at Hawan Kibo along Jos – Abuja road as armed robbers attacked a convoy of bullion vans belonging to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).